In this article I will tell you about the best coffee shops in Singapore. When people think of Singapore they often think of high-rises, money, expensive cars and expats. Underneath the surface of all that is an extensive coffee scene that offers the best coffee, great Baristas and coffee shops that come in all shapes and sizes. Read on and I will show you a glimps of what Singapore has to offer. This list is far from complete, so if your favourite spot is not on the list, please add it in the comments. The list is written in alphabetical order, except for the first spot: my favourite hotspot.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Geisha Specialty Coffee.
Geisha Specialty Coffee is located on 175 Bencoolen St #01-49 Burlington Square Singapore. This small shop is owned by Mr. Tao and his partner Elsie and their passion for coffee just oozes into every cup they serve. Take a look at their menu and marvel at the possibility of having a Blue Mountain Nr1, a Geisha or a special Geisha Butterfly blend. Their Geisha Specialty Espresso blend is top notch and should not be discarded easily either. Hungry? Take a look at the menu and grab a bit to eat while Mr. Tao creates a beautiful brew for you. That the real coffee lovers already know about this hidden gem shows when, during lunch break, the place is packed with businessmen/women, students and local residents. Mr. Tao roasts his own beans and offers beans for sale as well. Like their facebook page to stay updated about the sale of (e.g.) Geisha coffee.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH Coffee).
Probably the most famous coffee shop among the local people in Singapore. This specialty coffee shop is located at 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore and is a must-visit when you are in Town. CSHH Coffee has a modern look to it and the teardrop-form bar allows you to order your coffee on all sides. The level of excellence in this place is high and the coffee is amazing. Don’t be afraid to ask the Baristas for their recommendation, you cannot go wrong on that. The prices are good as well: an espresso will cost you about four singapore dollar and a filter around six. What else is there to say about one of the best shops around? Just go there and surprise yourself.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Common Man Coffee roasters.
Common Man Coffee Roasters is located in the river valley area near Clark Quay on 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058. Common Man Coffee roasters is a cozy, yet spacious place to get your quality coffee. The place is often bustling with people drinking coffee, having a bite to eat or just sit a chill. The long bar gives you the possibility of asking the Baristas about the various coffees they serve. Espresso, Cappuccino, Flat white, everything is possible. But the reason why this shop made it to the list is the filter options they provide. Select your coffee and then choose your brewing method: Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex. It is all there and it is all brewed to perfection. Take a leap of fate and try one of the ‘Uncommon’ coffees that are on offer.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Curious Palette.
Curious Palette is located on 64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667 and is one of the three coffee shops opened by the owners of Strangers Reunion. The place is open, modern, trendy and a lot of light makes it a pleasant place to sit back and relax. The coffee that is on the menu is roasted by Strangers Reunion and it is just amazing. Aside from the amazing coffee and great Baristas there is the menu. The food on the menu looks like it comes straight from an Instagram post: it is beautifully presented and tastes delicious. Although the place is often crowded I do recommend going inside for a cup of java, you will not regret it.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Jewel Coffee
Jewel Coffee actually has a lot of locations, and could be considered a coffee chain…but a specialty coffee chain that offers very good coffee. The one I visited is the one in the Great World City Mall. Although the place looks a little out of place inside this mall, the coffee clearly makes up for it. The coffee menu is extensive and offers a lot of choices; from espresso to filter, from Hario V60 to Siphon. Since this location is in a mall it is not very busy that often, this gives the Baristas enough time to carefully brew your coffee. What struck me was the roasting date on their coffee: all the roasting dates were no older than a week and a half; great! Their food menu is extensive as well and it tastes just fine. During my next visit I will go to the flag store of Jewel Coffee to tell you about the vibe over there. For now you will have to take my word on it that their coffee is just great, be it in a mall or anywhere else.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: No.57 Coffee Stand.
No.57 Coffee Stand is located at 57 Aliwal street, Singapore and is a very very small shop. No.57 was opened recently by three friends who wanted to pursue their dream of having their own shop. Now how exactly is this special? Well, attached to this coffee shop is a little vintage shop, a small museum upstairs and a photography business as well. The concept is for people to enjoy coffee and get in touch with each other instead of just being an individual. The vintage stuff and museum are supposed to break the ice and give people something to talk about with the Baristas or other clients. The coffee is roasted by the shop itself and (the Burundi that I had) was roasted very good! This shop might not have the name or popularity yet, but trust me that that will change in the future.
The best coffee shops in singapore: Nylon Coffee Roasters.
Nylon Coffee Roasters is seen as one of the coffee pioneers in Singapore and is located at 4 Everton Park, #01-40, 080004. It is tucked in between two apartment buildings and all you have to do is watch for a group of people standing in line for a coffee, a line that could easily stretch until outside the shop. Nylon Coffee Roasters has been around for years and their coffee is considered among the best in Singapore. The Baristas are super professional and will tell you everything there is to know about their beans. The coffee is selected and roasted by the owners themselves. The interior does not allow for sitting and chilling but instead encourages to stand around and mingle with the other guests. Just like Chey Seng Huat and Geisha Specialty Coffee there is not much else to say except that this shop belongs to the top 3 shops out there.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Strangers Reunion.
Strangers Reunion was already mentioned earlier in this list and not for naught. In Singapore, Strangers Reunion is considered as a coffee pioneer as well as Geisha Specialty Coffee and Nylon. Located at 35 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169356, it is a mere stones throw away from Nylon. Having brought forth a number of champions such as World Siphon champion, Singapore Barista champions, Latte Art champions etcetera, this coffee shop is a giant in the Singapore coffee scene. The shop is beautifully decorated with light colours, a high ceiling and a spacious interior. You could call this a hipster magnet (not a bad thing btw) which serves amazing coffee and great food. Strangers Reunion is the flagship and has brought forth twins in the form of Curious Palette and Wakey Wakey, which you should also visit.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Tobys Estate Coffee roasters.
Tobys Estate is located close to Common Man Roasters at 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216. Tobys Estate Coffee roasters is originally from Australia and has made quite a name for itself here in Singapore. The shop is located at a canal and offers seating inside and outside as well. The place has a very nice menu with one special item recently added: The Underdog Line. The Underdog Line is a line of coffee from countries that are not often found on a menu. Malawi, Myanmar and other countries change places every now and then. Tobys Estate Coffee Roasters offers quality coffee, a beautiful interior to drink and eat, friendly staff and very, very reasonable prices when looking at the location they are at. Do visit this coffee shop and ask for Barista Shafiq to brew your coffee.
The best coffee shops in Singapore: Wakey Wakey.
Wakey Wakey is the most recently opened shop of Strangers Reunion and is located at 302 Beach Rd, Singapore 199600. Since this shop opened early 2018 it not as well known as its family members in the city but I still think it is one of the better coffee shops in town. The whole wall is a glass panel, the interior has bright tones of white and there is just so much space to sit and chill. The coffee they serve is roasted by Strangers Reunion and what a treat it is! If you are lucky they will still have the Yirgacheffe Kongo on the menu: full blown peach, Lavender and a Lychee finish. The food is finger licking good and comes straight out of a advertisement. The staff is helpful, cheerful and know their craft. It is very near to No. 57 Coffee Stand so you might as well visit them both.